The Mall

The Mall is another roleplaying section in Lacy - it is not for selling real-life goods or services.

You interact with the different stores in the mall just like story threads elsewhere in Lacy. If a store has different threads for different products or services, then you can go into the thread that interests you and reply accordingly. If you have a comment that doesn't apply to a particular product, however, then you can also post a comment in the lobby (the home page) of the store.

You can also send a Private Message to the store owner, or any members of staff they have employed, by clicking their name on the store's home page to visit the relevant profile, where you'll see a message link.

You can also create stores, products and services of your own, of course. Here's how...

The areas you create in the Mall are called Stores (cost = 100 chips), and the threads you create within each store relate to Products or Services (cost = 50 chips each). You earn chips by posting in the Stories area (1 chip per post, up to 10 chips per day).

It's also important to remember that you don't just have to focus on shopping. There are all sorts of possibilities. For instance, you could create:

  • A dress shop, 1 thread per dress (e.g. Blue Sequined Dress, Little Back Dress...)
  • A shoe shop, 1 thread per shopper (e.g. Melissa's New Boots, Glenda's New Heels...)
  • A sex shop, 1 thread per type of item (e.g. Fetish Clothing, Bondage Gear, Toys...)
  • A spa, 1 thread per service (e.g. Sauna, Massage, Mud Bath...)
  • A job agency, 1 thread per job type (e.g. Receptionists, Waitresses, Maids...)
  • A party venue, 1 thread per room (e.g. The Dance Floor, The Bar, The Back Room...)
  • A gaming venue, 1 thread per game (e.g. Roulette, Poker, Slot Machines...)
  • A restaurant, 1 thread per booking (e.g. Melissa's Birthday Party, Glenda's Date...)
  • A set of private quarters, 1 thread per room (e.g. Melissa's Boudoir, Glenda's Garden...)
  • A set of training areas, 1 thread per classroom (e.g. Deportment, Curtseying...)
And so on. These are just a few examples, so don't be afraid to be creative! :)

To see the current list of stores, click The Mall in the tabs at the top of the site. If you’ve created any stores, they’ll be listed under My Stores at the top. Click a store to open it, and you’ll see its description, a list of members, the list of products or services (if any), and a place to leave comments. You can then click a product or service to open it, and add comments to interact with the store owner and other visitors (they work just like other story threads). To return to the store's main page, click its name at the top of the page (under the item title).

Here’s how to create and maintain your own stores:

Creating A StoreIt will cost you 100 Chips to create a store. You earn chips by creating and commenting on threads in the Stories area, but please don’t spam the site just to earn chips.
 
You can create a store in one of two ways:
  • On the main list of stores, click create a store in the paragraph to the right of the list.
  • If you already have a store, or are a member of someone else’s, you can open the page for your store, click Add an Item or Service to your store, then click Store on the page that appears.
Or, if you’re editing an existing store, just go into your store and click the Edit link at the top.
 
In any case, you’ll be taken to a form with these options:
  • Title - Give your store a meaningful, interesting name.
  • Logo - This is a small picture to represent the name of the store. The size limit is given below the box - if your picture is too big, the site will try and resize it for you. So click Browse, find and select the image on your computer, and click Upload to save it on the site.
  • Image - This is a larger image e.g. a photo of the shop floor or its main products. The procedure is exactly the same as for the logo.
  • Description - Give a description for your store here. Let people know what the store’s about, just as if you were advertising it in the real world. For help with adding effects to your text (including the toolbar above the text box), see the Posting entries in our Main site FAQ on Text Effects, Colors, Images and Videos.
Once you’ve filled in the form, use the Preview option to see how it looks and change it if necessary, then click Save to create the store.
Adding Products & ServicesIt will cost you 50 Chips to add a product or service to your store.  
You can add items to any store you’ve created plus any other stores you’ve been given permission to create items for. Just open the relevant store in the Mall list, and click either:
  • Add an Item or Service to your store, followed by Services and Items on the page that appears
  • Add a Shop or Service, which takes you directly to the page to add an item. Users who have been made members of the store without admin privileges will not see this option.
And to edit an existing item, click its name in your store to open the thread, then click Edit. If you have admin privileges for the store, you can edit anyone’s item. If not, you can only edit ones you’ve created.
 
In any case, you’ll be taken to a form with these options:
  • Title - Add a meaningful title for your item or service.
  • Groups Audience - This is a list of all stores you can add items to, so tick the relevant one.
  • Image - Here you can post an image to represent your product or service. The size limit is given below the box - if your picture is too big, the site will try and resize it for you. So click Browse, find and select the image on your computer, and click Upload to save it on the site.
  • Body - Use this box to introduce and describe your item. People will see this on the main page of your store, so try to use it to tempt them in. For help with adding effects to your text (including the toolbar above the text box), see the Posting entries in our Main site FAQ on Text Effects, Colors, Images and Videos.
Once you’ve filled in the form, use the Preview option to see how it looks and change it if necessary, then click Save to create the item.
Adding Group MembersYou can add Group members for any store you’ve created plus any other stores you’ve been given administrator access to. Just go to the relevant store and click the Group button at the top. While you’re in this section, you can click your store name at the top of the page at any time to return to its main page.
 
Click Add People to add a new member, and you’ll be taken to a small form:
  • Username - This is the Player account name, not their Character name. If you type the first few letters and wait for a moment, a list of matching names should pop up, and you can click the one you want.
  • Administrator Member - If you just want the user to be able to add products and services, then don’t tick this. If you tick it, they’ll have full control over your store, so they can edit its name, description, add members, etc. So only enable it for people you trust!
  • Request Message - This will be sent to the user so they know you’ve added them.
Then click the Add Users button and they’ll be added to your shop staff, who are listed on the main page of your store.
Editing Group MembersYou can edit Group members for any store you’ve created plus any other stores you’ve been given administrator access to. Just go to the relevant store and click the Group button at the top, then click People.
 
You’ll be taken to a page with a list of members at the bottom. For each user, there’s an edit button at the right end of their row - click it to change their admin status or their request message. You can also sort the group list by clicking some of the column headings.
 
The Operations menu above the user list has more options, and you can update multiple users at once. To select users, just tick the box to the left of each name in the list (or tick the box on the heading row to select all of them). Then, pick an option from the Operations list and click Execute:
  • Modify OG user roles - This allows you to add or remove administrator privileges.
  • Remove from group - This does what it says, and the site will ask you if you’re sure.
  • Modify membership status - This allows you to say if they’re Active (approved), Pending (awaiting approval) or Blocked (not approved).
In each case, you’ll be taken to a page to choose and confirm your settings. Just click Next or Confirm when you’re done.
 
You’ll also see a State menu above the Operations menu. This is simply another way to determine if users are Active, Pending or Blocked - but you have to type in the user names manually here (separated by commas if there’s more than one). So it’s not as convenient as ticking their names as noted above.
 
Finally, you’ll see two other options on the Group page, for Permissions and Roles. They’re both [b]read-only[b], so you can’t edit their information. They just indicate what non-members, standard members and administrator members can do.